My father is on a low-carb diet, but I love tuna casserole so I decided to try to make it with quinoa. This is also kind of a recipe for quinoa risotto as that is how I cooked the quinoa.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
15
Yield:
15 servings
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir mushrooms and onion in hot oil until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a stockpot over medium heat. Cook quinoa in melted butter until lightly brown. Pour enough stock to just cover the quinoa. Allow the liquid to reduce to half. Continue this process until quinoa is soft and all stock is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Season with salt throughout process.

  • Stir mushrooms, onion, and tuna through the quinoa; season with black pepper. Stir 1/4 cup butter, the egg, and flour into the quinoa mixture; transfer to a casserole dish and top with bread crumbs to cover.

  • Bake until the top is golden brown and the center is hot, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

176 calories; protein 7g 14% DV; carbohydrates 20.3g 7% DV; fat 7.7g 12% DV; cholesterol 27.4mg 9% DV; sodium 331.9mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
05/10/2012
Pour enough stock to just cover the quinoa. Allow the liquid to reduce to half. Continue this process until quinoa is soft and all stock is absorbed about 30 minutes Did you read this part kc37? Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/09/2014
I thought the recipe was okay just an average tuna casserole but my significant other took one bite and wouldn't eat any more. I did make a few simple changes to the recipe adding more tuna and adding some fresh asparagus neither of which should have changed our reaction to the recipe much as we like tuna and asparagus. I've concluded that my SO simply doesn't like quinoa as this is the second recipe I've tried that included it and he wouldn't eat. Read More
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34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
05/10/2012
Pour enough stock to just cover the quinoa. Allow the liquid to reduce to half. Continue this process until quinoa is soft and all stock is absorbed about 30 minutes Did you read this part kc37? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/15/2012
Solid healthier alternative to egg noodles. I made these changes to speed things along. - cook 1 can chicken broth with 1/2 can quinoa 10 min in microwave stir 2 x - add one can 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup and two cans drained tuna - stir add to 9 9 casserole and bake at 375 for 45 min I would add fresh herbs and maybe peas next time to give it color. It looked unappetizing but tasted good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2012
I substituted olive oil for the butter used 3 of the 2.3 oz tuna packets and only used 4 cups of stock. the quinoa was totally cooked by then and any more stock would probably have made it mushy. Also I did not want to open another box of stock. I also added peas and will probably add broccoli cauliflower and/or ground turkey next time. To season I used some tumeric lots of cumin minimal cayenne pepper black pepper and salt while I was cooking the quinoa. This was a really good recipe and it leaves a lot of room for additions which is nice. I don't feel like I have to run to the store to spend 10 on one ingredient--these are all things that I have or will use normally. Five stars for convenience versatility inexpensiveness healthiness and tastiness. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2012
This was good for being a healthy version of tuna casserole. I added spinach and another can of tuna as I wanted it to be a stand alone meal. I think of tuna casserole as full of tuna and I feel like this could have even had a 3rd can but that's probably a personal preference. (I also think somewhere along the way my portions were bigger as it didn't all fit in my casserole pan) Thanks for a great idea! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/12/2012
I'm pretty particular about tuna noodle casserole but this was good. I'm not sure what could up the flavor a little but I might try to add something next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2012
I added peas & an extra can of tuna. Instead of bread crumbs I sprinkled with Panko crumbs and unsalted roasted slivered almonds. It added a crunch to the dish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2012
A very versatile casserole recipe. The quinoa can be cooked in the microwave with about 4 cups of vegetable/chicken stock. Based on what we had in the house we added one can of condensed mushroom soup a cup of frozen peas a cup of frozen stir-fry vegetables half of a sauteed red onion two small cans of tuna and a variety of seasonings (cumin garlic salt oregano thyme basil cilantro black pepper regular salt chili powder and a little cayenne pepper) with seasoned panko crumbs on top. The quinoa cooked in the microwave in about 15 minutes stirring and adding liquid every five minutes. The casserole set nicely and browned around the edges in about 30 minutes. It made a very satisfying meal. Next time I will probably add another can of tuna and would be comfortable adding any vegetables around the house. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/23/2012
Since I have very high cholesterol & can't have either noodles or white rice this is a great alternative. Added a little chopped fresh basil at the end for some fresh herbage & was awesome. Thanks so much for giving me one of my fave dishes back! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2014
I omitted mushrooms and added zucchini red bell pepper and corn. I also added a little salsa to the mix. I would like to substitute the 1/4 cup butter but couldn't think of an alternative. It came out delicious. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/09/2014
I thought the recipe was okay just an average tuna casserole but my significant other took one bite and wouldn't eat any more. I did make a few simple changes to the recipe adding more tuna and adding some fresh asparagus neither of which should have changed our reaction to the recipe much as we like tuna and asparagus. I've concluded that my SO simply doesn't like quinoa as this is the second recipe I've tried that included it and he wouldn't eat. Read More
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